Navneet Kalra, the prime accused in Khan Market oxygen concentrators hoarding case, has been absconding from his Chattarpur farmhouse since 8 May night just before Delhi Police conducted raid on the farmhouse to nab him. Navneet Kalra is wanted in the Khan Market oxygen concentrators hoarding case.
Speaking to media, the farmhouse security guard said, “10 to 12 teams of Delhi Police had arrived, Sahab [Navneet Kalra] had left the farmhouse late night along with his family in his car, without the driver. Delhi Police went inside and searched the farmhouse as a part of the raid.”
Navneet Kalra, the renowned Delhi businessman who owns the iconic Khan Chacha brand of restaurants, is currently the prime accused in a case related to the hoarding and black marketing of oxygen concentrators, crucial medical equipment used for Covid management.
Navneet Kalra had switched off his mobile phone as soon as the raid on his Delhi restaurants was conducted, officials said on 8 May.
The case of alleged hoarding of 524 oxygen concentrators has been transferred to the Delhi Police Crime Branch. Even the Crime Branch is conducting several raids to nab Navneet Kalra.
The oxygen concentrators had been imported from China by a private company. Ninety-six oxygen concentrators were on 7 May recovered from popular restaurant Khan Chacha and nine from Town Hall restaurant, both situated in the Khan Market area.
A day before, 419 oxygen concentrators were recovered from a restaurant-cum-bar in south Delhi’s Lodhi Colony area and arrested four men — Gaurav, Satish Sethi, Vikrant and Hitesh for hoarding and black-marketing the equipment.
Navneet Kalra is a renowned Delhi-based businessman, who has lavish lifestyle and quite a regular face on Page 3. A report said that Kalra claimed that Hasan and his sons had signed over the rights to the Khan Chacha brand name to him, while they alleged that the documents were forged. However, the ‘Khan Chacha trademark’ is currently being used by Kalra only, while Hasan and his sons have opened a new eatery chain.
Delhi Police said that the recovered oxygen concentrators had been imported from China by a company. The cost of one oxygen concentrator was between Rs 16,000 to Rs 22,000. Some of them had a capacity of five litres while others were of nine litres. The police said as per all accused they were selling the machines at a price range of Rs 50,000, to 70,000.